Monday, 22 February 2010

More Experimental Textiles!

One day I'll get the hang of doing this all in a oner! More finished pieces. The one on the left was a beatufil dyed piece of calico which looked like autumn leaves in a lovely blue sky. So I did small collage along the bottom of the fabric as I didn't want to spoil the lovely patterns. The three pieces on the left are a set. Two of dyed fabrics with machine embroidery and collages and the middle section from paper. The stamped leaf was one from the West Dean grounds. Some of our dyed "washing" hanging out to dry!
We made stamps from erasers (top line) and used anything we could find to stamp on calico - wooden buttons, leaves from the gardens, sequin waste and cork.
Another finished piece - some quite delicate stitching. Again all dyed materials and paper.
Same again but its matching piece - which were entitled the West Dean Journey. These were two collaged pieces made early in the week, which I initially discarded as I didn't particularly like them, but I returned to them later in the week, added stitching and some other materials and eventually got to quite like them!

Experimental Textiles with Cas Holmes


I've just come back from a wonderful week of experimental textiles at West Dean College with Cas Holmes. I've loved her work for quite a while, so it was very special to spend a week with her and being shown new techniques and how to layer fabrics and paper. Mono-printing, relief printing, dyeing fabric, machine embroidery, cutting stamps from erasers, using found objects (all the time!), "destroying" paper until it almost turns into a fabric. And then putting it all together.
This is one of my finished pieces - quite oriental - from dyed fabrics, paper and found objects with machine embroidery.
It was a great group and we all gelled so well together. From the left, Avril, Suzanne, Karen, Roney, Sue, Beverley, Me and Lori, with Cas herself (ochre jumper!).
My theme was Shetland colours - sea, sky and sunsets. So my work gradually came together.
I was very pleased with my finished items - although alot of room for improvement!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

I Love Paris Part 2

I also had two more of my projects featured in the SSP Guild Online Magazine using the I Love Paris stamp set. I particularly love the CD Holders - they are so simple to make but make a really lovely present, or provide a useful way of keeping your holiday photographs all together on one disc. The scrapbook page used a lovely photograph of Adrian (taken by Kirsten) when they were in Paris recently.

Scrapbook Ladies

Long time - no posts! But plenty has been happening. My scrapbook ladies seemed to really enjoy their weekends and I managed to remember the camera for the last weekend. We made exploding boxes, using a number of techniques learnt over the previous weekends.